1) Plan your day

Just before you go to bed, it’s good to be able to sit down and plan out your day, so that when it comes to the day after, you feel ready and organised. Make a list of things you need to get done, check-list it, make it colourful if you want too and be creative if that interests you. Once, you’ve planned out your day, you’ll feel a lot more positive and accomplished, because you know you’ll wake up knowing you’ve got it planned out, rather than just going with the flow. Perhaps, even plan out your week, or something you’d like to accomplish by the end of the week, have some goals to work towards, but remember don’t push yourself too hard. It’s great to have a plan, but make it so that you’re not overworking yourself and actually make it doable to do in a day/week.

If you feel the list is getting too long, then just move stuff around, perhaps put something on another day that you don’t have that much to do. Having around three-four things that you want to get done in a day, is a great way to start because then it means you’re not going overboard and that works well. As it is not too overwhelming but it’s possible by the end of the week, you’ll have done a lot. It’ll be a lot easier than actually planning it out the moment you wake up, as it’ll save a lot of time. Making it give you a jump start to your day as soon as you awaken.

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2) Have a tidy round

Another great thing to do before you sleep is to just have a quick tidy round because then it means you’re not battling with a mess in the morning. You don’t need to go overboard and have a full deep house clean, but it’s good to just have a quick tidy, so it feels more organised when you wake up. Things like doing the dishes, putting clothes away, tidying up your workspace. Clean up the sofa, wipe down the sides and just make it feel a bit more inviting for when you wake up. It’s one of those things, that you might not think will make a huge difference but it will help you feel better when you wake up.

If you tidy up your bedroom before you sleep, this will help you feel more relaxed and won’t make you feel anxious or anything like that. Get rid of any clutter that is around, sort your bed out, set the lights, make it super cosy so you can relax when it comes to going to bed. Perhaps light a candle, add a cosy blanket, things like that. If you wake up to a tidy house, you’ll most likely feel a lot more clear-headed and ready to begin your day in a positive manner. Another good thing to do could be doing your bedsheets in the day so that you have fresh ones when you go to bed, which most likely always aids in a better night’s sleep.

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3) Wind-down

It’s safe to say that if you go to bed with an anxious mind then that will affect your mind and the way you sleep. It might keep you up for a while, rather than just being able to go straight to sleep, making you feel panicky and hours could pass by before you even get some sleep. Meaning, you’re going to be waking up very tired and grumpy, which most likely means your day isn’t going to go as planned. Some things that are good to do, are to do some light meditation, which can go from around a few minutes to fifteen minutes, it doesn’t have to take ages for it to be effective.

Practise some breathing exercises, listen to some music or a podcast, keep your feet warm, dim the lights, take a nice soothing bath or shower before you head to bed. Make sure that you’re doing things that will calm you down and not make you feel more anxious. So, definitely steer away from the caffeine and sugar, as this will most likely make you feel worse. Try and distract yourself, if you do feel anxious, do something to take your mind of it, get lost in a book, might help. Just to try and help you wind down a little more and also make you feel less anxious before you sleep.

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4) Stick with a sleep schedule

Another great tip before you go to bed is to stick to a routine because this means that you’ll be able to ensure that you’re getting enough shut-eye. When we’re constantly going to bed at random times and waking up at random times, it often messes with our sleep schedule, meaning that we won’t get the sleep that we need. It’s good to be able to have a routine and always ensure that you stick to it, it will make you feel more positive and better knowing you get enough sleep. Going to bed at a certain time and waking up at the same time, means that you’re going to be able to stick to that.

It not only is great for your mental health but your physical too, having consistent sleep is good for your heart, it also means you’re getting enough, which makes you feel better overall. Watching the temperature is a good way to sleep better because it is known that keeping it cool is the best way to go at night. You want to give yourself some time in bed to just wind down and relax. Having a schedule, in general, is such a benefit, as it makes it so much easier to be able to get on with your day and do things at a certain time, without having to worry about time frames.

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5) Put your phone down

Most of us, always have a habit of going on our phones for ages before we sleep, but this can actually mean that we can have a bad night’s sleep. If you’re staying on your phone for too long, then it means that you’re going to feel more awake due to the bright lights and you don’t want to be waking up to it going crazy. It’s best to turn it off or put it on silent and make sure that you put it down at least an hour before you go to sleep. Try not to worry about emails and notifications, you can always answer them in the morning, making sure to get a good sleep is important, so you can deal with them in a positive way.

Try and avoid social media for a little while, whilst you wind down and before you sleep because this can often make you feel anxious. Having your phone on constantly before you sleep, means that your mind is constantly engaged, they’re designed to entertain us and provide information. But, what we need to reliase is that when the lights go out and it’s time to sleep,  it’s important to know that your brain doesn’t need even more information. Sometimes, social media can be quite triggering, which is something you don’t want right before you go to sleep.

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